Post # 1
I’m working on logistics for the reception, and I’m wondering if anyone has thoughts on how to best do this or has done this themselves. We’re taking most of our pics before the ceremony, and just a few after. We’d like for the bridal party and ourselves to be able to enjoy at least half of the cocktail hr. I’m also not super comfortable with the extra fanfare involved in the who big announcement thing. Is it doable to just subtly join in the group at the cocktail hour, rather than just standing around waiting somewhere hidden until the guests are seated for dinner and we’re announced? Or could we just be announced more casually at the cocktail hour? The guests will likely be spread out during cocktail hour as our venue has some places to explore that will be open to them during that time, so it would just be an announcement to whoever happens to be in that room at the time.
We aren’t planning on doing a receiving line, if that makes a difference.
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2019 - City, State
You can do whatever you want it is your wedding. And to me that sounds awesome. Why not enjoy your cocktail hour as well. And you get to mingle with your guest also. I would say go for it.
Post # 3
Of course it is. We just joined our cocktail hour after photos and started mingling. Our venue did advise us to do an entrance for dinner and our coordinator was great, he got us a drink and led us to a quieter spot to have some alone time while everyone was seated then we entered the reception room once everyone was seated. We didn’t want to make a big deal either so we didn’t pick a song or anything, but i’m glad we entered after everyone was seated, it felt special to see everyone at once.
Post # 4
I have never actually been to a wedding where the bridal party was announced at the reception. Sometimes just the bride and groom, but sometimes not. Most of the time both the bride and groom and wedding party just join the cocktail hour without any special announcement.
Post # 5
bluejaybride : we totally just walked in the door. I find it highly preferable over the fanfare that entrances often get. IMO, I already know who the couple is and probably already ‘cheered’ them exiting the ceremony. And frankly I don’t care who is in the bridal party, so the special announcement doesn’t interest me. Just come in and get a drink when you’re ready. If that actually upsets anyone, it’s not your problem.
Post # 6
We just joined our guests at cocktail hour, no announcements. We just had to take a couple family pictures with my Grandmother, our bridal party just went straight to cocktail hour. I think announcing at cocktail hour would be weird. We did do an announcment at the beginning of the reception but you could definitely skip that if you wanted to.
Post # 7
We just casually joined our cocktail hour. Our wedding party was done with pictures before the ceremony so they went straight to the cocktail hour with everyone else.
We were announced right before dinner, but you could always skip it if you want.
Post # 8
You can absolutely do this- I’ve seen brides and grooms join their cocktail hour and then be announced anyway once everyone gets inside for the reception (but you wouldn’t have to!). We probably would’ve done the same if our venue didn’t have a separate room set up for us during cocktail hour with a selection of apps and drinks for both of us- we got 20 whole minutes just to be by ourselves! It was glorious.
Post # 9
We also just joined our cocktail party and mingled. No announcement.
Post # 10
We did pictures before the ceremony for the sole reason of having the bridal party and ourselves enjoy cocktail hour. We got to mingle with our guests, the bridal party got to meet up with their SOs and everyone had a great time. When the guests were being ushered into the ballroom to be seated for dinner, the bridal party and ourselves made our way to the bridal suite (where drinks and more food was waiting) for maybe 15 minutes until we were introduced as we entered the ballroom. Most weddings I have been to as of late had the same basic itinerary, with the bridal party, and bride and groom going the guests for cocktail hour
Post # 11
I’ve actually never been to a wedding where the wedding party was announced, they just mingled back in after the photos were done.
The MC often introduces the wedding party and their relationship to the bride and groom during the speeches, usually with some kind of funny annecdote. Not sure if that’s kind of the same thing?
Post # 12
Thank you all! This has been so helpful! Every wedding I’ve been to there has always been a recieving line following the ceremony and then the bridal party and bride and groom aren’t seen again until they’re announced as the enter the dining hall. I had no idea that it was an option- let alone apparently quite common- to casually join the cocktail hour and then be announced entering at dinner after! That definitely sounds ideal! And I can see how that moment would be special when you walk in and see everyone at once, so I think maybe we will do the announcement for dinner, but not with a song and all that and not with the bridal party. We aren’t having a head table anyways, so I’d like for them to be able to just join their dates and enjoy the reception once their pics are done 😊 thank you everyone!
bayoubee : that sounds like a DREAM! I’ve always loved the idea of finding some private time for just the bride and groom during the wedding. We’re at least doing a sweetheart table, but a whole room for 20 min sounds so nice and centering. Maybe we’ll find somewhere to sneak off for a bit!
Post # 13
bluejaybride : If you can swing it, absolutely do!! That was the main thing that clinched this venue for my husband. He kept saying it was the thing he was looking forward to most about the wedding. We didn’t do a first look so it really helped to have that moment that was just for us!
Post # 14
We didn’t make it to cocktail hour, but just went down to dinner after the pictures. No annoucement. People spontaneously clapped, so that was fun.
Post # 15
bluejaybride : I have this plan as well and I do not think I’ll have an announcement, we will just walk in 😂